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January 26, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: TEXAS SENATE HISPANIC CAUCUS RELEASES A LATINO/A AGENDA FOR THE 84TH LEGISLATURE

Leaders of the Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC) and the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus (MALC), along with grassroots, business, and subject matter leaders from Latino/a communities across Texas, announced the results of a year-long effort to identify policy priorities in five key areas.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


January 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK ANNOUNCES LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR GRASSROOTS ADVISORY BOARD

In 2011, Senator Dan Patrick created the Tea Party Caucus and advisory committee. The caucus met regularly with members of the advisory committee to discuss public policy. Today, Lt. Governor Patrick plans on continuing his practice of coordinating with grassroots leaders.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


January 26, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: FILES LEGISLATION STRENGTHENING CONTRACT OVERSIGHT

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed SB 353 to strengthen contracting oversight across state government. "We need to make sure that contracts are awarded fairly and monitored carefully," Senator Nelson said.

From Senator Jane Nelson


January 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: FUTURE OF THE REGION SOUTH TEXAS

The Legislative Session is only one week old, but leaders from South Texas are already taking an active approach to represent you at the Texas State Capitol. Last week, I attended a summit called The Future of the Region South Texas (FORSTX) along with other South Texas Representatives and Senators.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


January 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN WRAY: ANNOUNCES 84TH LEGISLATIVE STAFF

-- Today, Representative John Wray (R-Waxahachie) announced his staff hires for the upcoming 84th Texas Legislative Session, which convened January 13, 2015. “As we prepare for the upcoming legislative session, I am honored to welcome our new staff members,” Representative Wray stated.

From Representative John Wray


January 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON ANNOUNCES MAJORITY OF STATES NOW PART OF IMMIGRATION LAWSUIT; TENNESSEE, NEVADA OFFICIALLY JOIN

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Tennessee and Nevada have officially joined the multi-state coalition led by Texas fighting President Obama’s illegal attempt to unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

From Office of the Attorney General


January 26, 2015

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST: NEW REPORT SHOWS ARTS & CULTURE INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTES $5.1 BILLION TO TEXAS ECONOMY; SHOWS ARTS EDUCATION HELPS IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) today released the 2015 State of the Arts report that details the economic and educational impact of the arts on the state of Texas.

From Texas Cultural Trust


January 26, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: COALITION OF LEGISLATORS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS RELEASE LATINA/O AGENDA FOR THE 84TH LEGISLATURE

Senator José Rodríguez will join Senator Sylvia R. García, representatives of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), and the taskforce chairs of the Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC) at 12 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 in the Lt. Governor's Press Room (Room 2E.9) to discuss the priorities of the Latina/o community for this session.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


January 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE: FILES E-VERIFY LEGISLATION TO SECURE JOBS FOR TEXANS

On January 23, State Representative Tony Dale (Cedar Park) filed House Bill 889 that aims to ensure that only those with legal work status are hired as state contractors or subcontractors.

From Representative Tony Dale


January 26, 2015

SENATOR KONNI BURTON: APPOINTED VICE CHAIR OF VETERAN AFFAIRS & MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. WILL SERVE ON HIGHER EDUCATION, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, AND NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

Senator Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) today announced her committee assignments for the 84th Legislature. Burton will serve as Vice Chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee, and additionally will serve on the Higher Education, Criminal Justice, and Nominations Committees.

From Senator Konni Burton


January 26, 2015

SENATOR LOIS KOLKHORST: RECEIVES FIVE SENATE COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick released his list of Senate Committee appointments for the 84th Legislative Session, naming Senator Kolkhorst as Vice Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee in addition to naming her to Committees on Finance, Transportation, Public Education and Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs.

From Senator Lois Kolkhorst


January 26, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: LANDS KEY COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Today Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick named Senator Van Taylor Vice Chairman of Nominations and appointed Taylor to serve on the Health and Human Services, Education, and Transportation Committees.

From Senator Van Taylor


January 26, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: RECEIVES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Today, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced the Senate Committee appointments for the 84th Texas Legislative Session. Senator Garcia is honored to serve on the Senate Committees of Education, Transportation, Intergovernmental Relations, and Veteran Affairs.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


January 26, 2015

SENATOR TROY FRASER: STATEMENT ON APPOINTMENT TO CHAIR THE SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

"It has been my privilege to serve people of Senate District 24 in the Texas Legislature. As a senior member I have had the opportunity to sponsor legislation that has helped make Texas the economic engine of America.

From Senator Troy Fraser


January 26, 2015

SENATOR CARLOS URESTI: READY TO SERVE ON FINANCE COMMITTEE

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced committee assignments for the 84th regular session. Senator Carlos Uresti will serve on the Senate committees on Finance, Natural Resources & Economic Development, Health & Human Services, and Senate Administration as Vice Chair.

From Senator Carlos Uresti


January 26, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: STATEMENT ON COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) has released the following statement concerning his appointment by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to serve on four of the most important committees in the Texas Senate - Finance, Education, Higher Education, and Intergovernmental Relations as Vice Chair.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


January 26, 2015

SENATOR EDDIE LUCIO, JR.: APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF SENATE COMMITTEE ON INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

Today (Friday), Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., (D-Brownsville) as the Chairman of the newly expanded Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee. Senator Lucio will continue to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

From Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.


January 26, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: RECEIVES SENATE COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Senate Committee appointments for the 84th Legislature. Senator José Rodríguez will serve on the Senate Committees on Education; Health and Human Services; Nominations; Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs (AWRA); and Veteran Affairs and Military Installations (VAMI).

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


January 26, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: STATEMENT ON LT. GOVERNOR DAN PATRICK'S COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

"Earlier this week Dan Patrick bullied faint-hearted Republican colleagues into giving him more power. Today, he used his appointment power to punish at least one Republican member who had the courage to stand up to him, and most of his other committee assignments are designed to push a legislative agenda meant to benefit special interests and ideologues.

From Lone Star Project


January 26, 2015

SENATOR KEL SELIGER: STATEMENT ON APPOINTMENT AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Today, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick appointed Senator Kel Seliger as Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee. Senator Seliger will also serve on the Senate Finance, Education, Natural Resources & Economic Development, and Business & Commerce committees.

From Senator Kel Seliger


January 26, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: TO CHAIR VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

State Senator Donna Campbell will chair the Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee while also serving as a member of the Senate Education, Health and Human Services, and Administration Committees of the 84th Legislature.

From Senator Donna Campbell


January 26, 2015

SENATOR LARRY TAYLOR: APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF SENATE PUBLIC EDUCATION

Today, State Senator Larry Taylor (R – Friendswood) was appointed by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick as the new Chairman of the Senate Public Education Committee. Senator Taylor was also reappointed as a member of the Senate Business & Commerce Committee.

From Senator Larry Taylor


January 26, 2015

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: STATEMENT ON COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Sen. Kirk Watson issued the following statement after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced committee assignments for the 84th Legislature: I'm very pleased with Lt. Gov. Patrick's decision to appoint me to the Senate Finance Committee.

From Senator Kirk Watson


January 26, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES PERRY: TAPPED TO CHAIR COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, WATER, & RURAL AFFAIRS

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick chose State Senator Charles Perry to Chair the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs. Additionally, Perry was named a member of the Committee on Higher Education, the Committee on Health and Human Services and the Committee on Criminal Justice.

From Senator Charles Perry


January 26, 2015

TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER CAMPAIGN: FEBRUARY 17 SET FOR SENATE DISTRICT 26 RUNOFF

Noting that he is “happy that the date has finally been set,” state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer urged voters to be at the ready to turn out for the upcoming runoff that will determine who the next state senator from District 26 will be.

From Trey Martinez Fischer Campaign


January 26, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: APPOINTED CHAIR OF FINANCE COMMITTEE FOR 84TH SESSION

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today was appointed Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee for the 84th Legislative Session by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who also named her to the Senate Committee on State Affairs.

From Senator Jane Nelson


January 26, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: RECEIVES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Today, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced his list of Senate Committee appointments for the 84th Legislative Session, naming Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) to the following committees:

From Senator Brandon Creighton


January 26, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: LT. GOV. PATRICK RELEASES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced Senate committee assignments for the 84th Legislative Session. Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa will serve as Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and will continue his appointments to the Senate Committees on Criminal Justice, Natural Resources, and Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


January 23, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SETS DATE FOR RUNOFF ELECTIONS

Gov. Greg Abbott today issued three proclamations setting February 17, 2015 as the date for the runoff elections to fill the Texas Senate District 26 seat being vacated by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Texas House District 17 seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt and the Texas House District 123 seat being vacated by Rep. Michael Villarreal.

From Office of the Governor


January 23, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RAMON ROMERO: STATEMENT ON CHANGES TO LONG STANDING SENATE TWO-THIRDS RULE

Representative Ramon Romero (D-Fort Worth) released the following statement regarding changes to the Senate rules: On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, the Texas Senate made a far-reaching change to a procedural rule that stood for over six decades.

From Representative Ramon Romero


January 23, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS REAFFIRMS STATE'S INTERESTS AS WAIVER DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today reaffirmed the goals and parameters he previously set as talks with federal officials continue regarding the state’s conditional waiver for specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.

From Texas Education Agency


January 23, 2015

SENATOR KEVIN ELTIFE AND REPRESENTATIVE STEPHANIE KLICK: FILE THE TEXAS COMPASSIONATE USE ACT

This morning, Senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) and Representative Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) filed the Texas Compassionate Use Act to expand treatment options for people with intractable epilepsy.

From Senator Kevin Eltife and Representative Stephanie Klick


January 23, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT ON DECEMBER JOB NUMBERS

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the Texas Workforce Commission’s release of December employment numbers: “Job creation is the lifeblood of our state – and Texas’ history of strengthening job growth equates to more opportunity for all Texans.

From Office of the Governor


January 23, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: FILES SCHOOL CALENDAR CHOICE ACT

Sworn-in last week, Senator Van Taylor hit the ground running by filing the "School Calendar Choice Act." A priority issue for independent school districts in Senate District 8, this legislation would grant local control to school districts in choosing the start and end dates for the academic year.

From Senator Van Taylor


January 23, 2015

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF KING ABDULLAH

"Laura and I are saddened by the death of a man I admire and with whom I was honored to work. "I have very fond memories of my visits to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and of the King's visit to our ranch in Crawford. He was an important and able ally and a force for modernization in his country.

From President George W. Bush


January 22, 2015

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: APPLAUDS GOV. ABBOTT'S NOMINEES TO THE UT SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, today (Jan. 22) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Greg Abbott's nominees to The University of Texas System Board of Regents:

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


January 22, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: COMMISSIONER GEORGE P. BUSH PROMOTES TRANSPARENCY EXPERT TO DIRECTOR OF OPEN GOVERNMENT

Demonstrating a commitment to transparency in state government, Commissioner George P. Bush today announced the appointment of Hadassah Schloss to the newly created role of Director of Open Government at the Texas General Land Office (GLO).

From Texas General Land Office


January 22, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: ANNOUNCES $63.7 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS IN SD 20 FROM PROP 1 FUNDS

Yesterday, the Texas Transportation Commission (TxDOT) released a list of transportation projects that will receive funds from Prop 1, the statewide transportation funding proposition that was passed by voters last November.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


January 22, 2015

TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD: TO HOLD A MEETING ON INNOVATIVE WATER TECHNOLOGY ON JANUARY 29

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will hold a board meeting in Austin at the William B. Travis Building, 1701 N. Congress Avenue, Room 1-111, on January 29, 2015, with sessions to be held at 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

From Texas Water Development Board


January 22, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: FILES FRANCHISE TAX REFORM LEGISLATION

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) unveiled his Franchise Tax reform legislation for the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, which reconvened on January 13, 2015.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


January 22, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE KEVIN BRADY: U.S. HOUSE PASSES NO TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION AND ABORTION INSURANCE FULL DISCLOSURE ACT

On the anniversary of the controversial 1973 Supreme Court case legalizing abortion in America, the U.S. House of Representatives acted to ensure tax dollars are not used to end a baby’s life by passing the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act.

From Representative Kevin Brady


January 22, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT NAMES TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY BOARD OF REGENTS APPOINTMENTS

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today appointed two new members, Christopher Huckabee and Ron Hammonds, and reappointed Mickey Long to the Texas Tech University Board of Regents. The appointments will be effective Feb. 1, 2015.

From Office of the Governor


January 22, 2015

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: WELCOMES UT SYSTEM REGENT APPOINTMENTS

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement following the announcement by Governor Greg Abbott that he had reappointed UT System Regent and Vice Chairman of the Board Steve Hicks, and appointed two new members to the Board, Sara Martinez Tucker and David Beck:

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


January 22, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT NAMES TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY BOARD OF REGENTS APPOINTMENTS

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today appointed two new members to the Texas A&M University Board of Regents, William Mahomes, Jr. and Robert L. Albritton, and reappointed current Regent Phil Adams. The appointments are effective Feb. 1, 2015.

From Office of the Governor


January 22, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: EVERY LIFE IS A GIFT

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement in support of the 2015 March for Life: “Today thousands of students, families, and church communities have traveled to Washington to march for life and lift up our nation in prayer.

From Senator Ted Cruz


January 22, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT NAMES THREE TO UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today appointed two new members to The University of Texas System Board of Regents, Sara Martinez Tucker and David Beck, and reappointed current Regent and Vice Chairman of the Board Steve Hicks.

From Office of the Governor


January 22, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: MARKS 42ND ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE: WE MUST HAVE HONEST CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ABORTIONS IN AMERICA TODAY

This month, as Texans celebrate and reflect on the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling 42 years ago, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes urges Congress and our Texas legislators to listen to doctors and medical experts who know that legal abortion is safe and that politicians should not interfere in personal medical decisions.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


January 22, 2015

TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE FOUNDATION: STUDY SHOWS TEXAS VOTERS MAINTAIN STRONG SUPPORT FOR STATE PARKS

A new survey today released by Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation showed overwhelming voter support of a strong, well-funded system of state parks.

From Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation


January 22, 2015

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS: 2015 NURSE PRACTITIONER RANKS SURGE TO 205,000, NEARLY DOUBLING OVER PAST DECADE

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) today released data showing that the number of nurse practitioners licensed in the United States has nearly doubled over the past ten years, rising from approximately 106,000 in 2004 to 205,000 as of December 31, 2014.

From American Association of Nurse Practitioners


January 22, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE WILL HURD: AIR FORCE ANNOUNCES MOVE OF INSTALLATION SUPPORT TO JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO

Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) released the following statement regarding the Air Force’s decision to select Joint Base San Antonio as the host base for their Installation and Mission Support Center Headquarters:

From Representative Will Hurd


January 22, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: STATEMENT ON CHANGING THE 2/3RDS RULE

State Senator Donna Campbell issued the following statement regarding her vote to lower the threshold in the Texas Senate from 2/3rds to 3/5ths in order to bring a bill to the floor for debate. The resolution ultimately passed 20 to 10.

From Senator Donna Campbell


January 21, 2015

TEXAS FACILITIES COMMISSION: APPOINTMENT OF NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TEXAS FACILITIES COMMISSION

TFC Commissioners named Harvey Hilderbran as Executive Director of the agency in a meeting held Wednesday, January 21. Hilderbran is a businessman and former lawmaker who served in the Texas House of Representatives for District 53 (Kerrville) from 1988 to January 2015.

From Texas Facilities Commission


January 21, 2015

TEXAS STAR ALLIANCE: WELCOMES NEW STARS

2015 has started off big for one of Austin’s premiere lobby firms, Texas Star Alliance, who this week announced some heavy hitters joining their prestigious ranks. Former Governor Rick Perry’s Legislative Director, Senator Kenneth Armbrister, comes to TSA as a Principal with more than 20 years of service to the Texas Senate.

From Texas Star Alliance


January 21, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: HELPS PASS SENATE RULES RESOLUTION

Today Senator Van Taylor helped pass the most substantive changes to Senate rules in a generation. Early in the process Taylor got involved offering solutions to protect the taxpayers and increase transparency with changes to the Senate rules adopted by the Chamber this afternoon.

From Senator Van Taylor


January 21, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: OPPOSES 84TH SESSION SENATE RULES CHANGE

Today, the Senate voted on the rules to govern Senate business for the remainder of the 84th Legislative Session. In a historically unprecedented move, the Senate moved to eliminate the requirement to have two-thirds of the Senate vote to bring Senate business to the floor.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


January 21, 2015

SENATOR KONNI BURTON: CASTS VOTE TO ESTABLISH SENATE RULES, STRENGTHEN CONSERVATIVE AGENDA FOR THE 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Senator Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) today cast her vote to approve the operating rules (Senate Resolution 39) for the Texas Senate during the 84th Legislative Session.

From Senator Konni Burton


January 21, 2015

EMPOWER TEXANS: STATEMENT ON SENATE REVOKING 2/3RDS RULE

The following statement was offered by Michael Quinn Sullivan, president of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, on the state senate's vote to reform the chamber's rules.

From Empower Texans


January 21, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON RULE CHANGE ADOPTED BY THE TEXAS SENATE

Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement upon adjournment of the Texas Senate, which voted today to change its rules in a way that limits minority power, dismissing over 60 years of tradition meant to protect the minority and encourage debate and compromise.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


January 21, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE WILL HURD: U.S HOUSE PASSES BILL TO STREAMLINE NATURAL GAS PERMITTING PROCESS

Representing the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, U.S. Representative Will Hurd released the following statement today in support of the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act:

From Representative Will Hurd


January 21, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE KEVIN BRADY: HOUSE VOTES FOR MORE ENERGY JOBS & ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act to speed up the permitting process for all natural gas pipelines. “The President talks about supporting American energy independence, but his policies and outdated permitting system hold our energy production back,” said Texas Congressman Kevin Brady, whose district is home to many thriving energy companies.

From Representative Kevin Brady


January 21, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SUBMITS FORMAL APPOINTMENTS TO TEXAS SENATE

Texas Governor Greg Abbott today formally submitted three appointments to the Texas Senate. Governor Abbott intends to appoint Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos as Texas Secretary of State, Jerry Strickland as Executive Director of the Office of State and Federal Relations and reappoint David Mattax as Commissioner of the Texas Department of Insurance.

From Office of the Governor


January 21, 2015

TEXAS AFL-CIO: FORMER TEXAS AFL-CIO PRESIDENT HANK BROWN DIES AT 94

Hank Brown, who served as Texas AFL-CIO President from 1961 to 1971 and whose influence on working families in Texas can still be felt a half-century later, has died at the age of 94.

From Texas AFL-CIO


January 21, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: REACTS TO SENATE RULES CHANGE

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) issued this statement regarding the changes in the Senate rules: "This is a sad day for the Texas Senate and one that we will look back on and regret," said Sen. Ellis.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


January 21, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: STATEMENT ON NEW 60 PERCENT RULE

In response to today's passage of the Texas Senate's new 60 percent rule, Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) issued the following statement: "By altering the two-thirds rule to 60 percent, we are increasing transparency for the state of Texas," said Senator Creighton.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


January 21, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: STATEMENT ON LT. GOVERNOR PATRICK ELIMINATING THE 2/3 RULE

"Dan Patrick's very first move is to shut out the voices of millions of Texans. Patrick’s elimination of the 2/3 Rule is far more than a partisan attack on Democrats; it damages and weakens every member of the Texas Senate from both parties.

From Lone Star Project


January 21, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD

On January 6th I attended a presentation in Beeville by Bech Bruun who is one of 3 members on the Texas Water Development Board. Bech gave an overview of the board and several of its programs. Several local officials attended as well such as Mayor David Carabajal and District Attorney Jose Aliseda.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


January 21, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DOUG MILLER: HONORS NEW BRAUNFELS KOREAN WAR HERO

Representative Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels) House Concurrent Resolution 44 was adopted today to honor the late Gilberto Lopez Sanchez, a United States Army Sergeant who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of his country during the Korean War.

From Representative Doug Miller


January 21, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: REMINDS TEXANS TO CALL 811 BEFORE DIGGING

The Railroad Commission of Texas is reminding Texans that state law requires all excavators, contractors and homeowners to call 811 to have underground pipelines located and marked before they begin digging projects.

From Texas Railroad Commission


January 21, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: #TWEET4LIFE VIRTUAL MARCH FOR LIFE PROMOTES IMPORTANCE OF #LIFEFIRST

On the somber anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion on-demand in the United States, advocates all over the country will be engaged in Pro-Life activism.

From Texas Right to Life


January 21, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TURNER: FILES BILLS TO CREATE TEXAS HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE

On Wednesday, State Representative Chris Turner (HD 101- Grand Prairie) filed two bills, HB 818 and HB 817, both creating a state health benefit exchange.

From Representative Chris Turner


January 21, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON ARGUMENTS BEFORE THE U.S. SUPREME COURT IN TDHCA CASE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement regarding today’s argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, et al., v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.:

From Office of the Attorney General


January 21, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: STATEMENT ON INAUGURAL SPEECHES AND PRESIDENT OBAMA'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

State Senator Van Taylor released the following statement in response to Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick's inaugural speeches and President Obama's State of the Union Address:

From Senator Van Taylor


January 21, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON BEYOND PRESIDENT OBAMA

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union address: “Tonight, America saw a powerful demonstration that it is time to move on beyond President Barack Obama.

From Senator Ted Cruz


January 21, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR: REACTS TO STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) issued the following statement in reaction to the State of the Union address, delivered by President Obama this evening.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


January 21, 2015

TECHNET: STATEMENT ON 2015 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today issued the following statement on President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address.

From TechNet


January 20, 2015

TDP: STATEMENT ON INAUGURATION

Today, Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick were sworn in as Texas Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Texas Democratic Party spokesperson Javier Gamboa released the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


January 20, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: TO HOST #LIFEFIRST VIRTUAL MARCH FOR LIFE FOR MILLIONS OF PRO-LIFE AMERICANS

On the somber anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion on-demand in the United States, advocates all over the country will be engaged in Pro-Life activism.

From Texas Right to Life


January 20, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: COMMISSIONER GEORGE P. BUSH STATEMENT ON INAUGURATION

Commissioner George P. Bush today issued the following statement congratulating Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick on their inauguration: “I would like to congratulate Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick on their inauguration as Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the great state of Texas.

From Texas General Land Office


January 20, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT'S EARLY TEST

Greg Abbott faces an early test of both leadership and character. While Governor Abbott has softened his rhetoric lately, it’s fair for Texans to doubt that he’s sincerely moving past the harsh tone and divisive approach he's brought to public office.

From Lone Star Project


January 20, 2015

EQUITY CENTER: SENATOR ROBERT NICHOLS & REPRESENTATIVE TRENT ASHBY FILE LEGISLATION TO STOP MISTREATMENT OF OUR SMALL SCHOOLS

Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) have filed legislation to repeal a 30+ year old funding formula that unfairly funds certain small schools at a lower level.

From Equity Center


January 19, 2015

PAUL REYES CAMPAIGN: REYES ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR CITY COUNCIL

Today, Paul Reyes announced his campaign for Dallas City Council District 10 to replace Councilmember Jerry Allen who is term-limited after representing District 10 on Council for the past 8 years.

From Paul Reyes Campaign


January 19, 2015

TDP: CHAIRMAN GILBERTO HINOJOSA STATEMENT ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: “Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

From Texas Democratic Party


January 19, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: REMEMBER THE COURAGE OF MLK

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement commemorating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and urging Americans to expand school choice and open opportunities for all:

From Senator Ted Cruz


January 19, 2015

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: MSNBC: THE STATE OF VOTING IN TEXAS

This country has a long and complicated history with voting rights. Though universal suffrage was granted in 1920, it took years of organizing to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and finally secure unencumbered access to polling places.

From Battleground Texas


January 19, 2015

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: TEXAS NURSING HOME LEADERS CAUTION "3 STRIKE RULE" WILL CAUSE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES FOR FRAIL ELDERLY

Texas health care providers raised concerns today about legislation that creates a three-strike rule for nursing home closures in the state. Senate Bill 304, introduced by Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown), would close nursing homes that receive three specific state violations of care over a two year period.

From Texas Health Care Association


January 19, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DAN HUBERTY: AGAIN FILES LEGISLATION FOR STUDENT TESTING RELIEF

State Representative Dan Huberty today refiled legislation to alleviate overly burdensome state assessments for elementary and middle school students in grades 3 - 8. Currently, those students are required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to take 17 standardized tests.

From Representative Dan Huberty


January 19, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: SUPPORTS MARRIAGE EQUALITY AS SCOTUS AGREES TO RULE

In reaction to today's announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to decide whether all 50 states must allow same-sex couples to marry, Texas state Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


January 19, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: FILES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION

Today, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa filed legislation that would increase funds available for transportation infrastructure purposes. Senate Bill 321 would increase funds for transportation by reducing future transfers from the State Highway Fund to the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP).

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


January 19, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S RECENT IRAN COMMENTS

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s recent comments regarding our nation’s Iran policy: “Those who have worked long and hard – in both parties – to prevent Iran from securing a nuclear weapon should not have their motives questioned by a president whose own support for Israel ebbs and flows.

From Office of the Governor


January 16, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: FILES CLARITY TO CARRY BILL

State Senator Donna Campbell filed legislation Thursday to expand the rights of CHL holders to carry in more places. SB 311, otherwise known as the Clarity to Carry Bill, clarifies conflicting language in state statute by removing restrictions that have kept some privately-owned entities - such as hospitals and nursing homes - from permitting CHL holders from lawfully carrying on their premises.

From Senator Donna Campbell


January 16, 2015

GOBER HILGERS PLLC: ADDS FORMER TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION CHAIRMAN ROSS FISCHER AS PART OF ITS EXPANSION IN TEXAS POLITICS

The award-winning law firm Gober Hilgers PLLC is announcing the addition of former Texas Ethics Commission Chairman Ross Fischer in Austin.

From Gober Hilgers PLLC


January 16, 2015

SENATOR LOIS KOLKHORST: STATEMENT

In a joint session of the House and Senate today, Governor Rick Perry gave his farewell speech to the two chambers and a packed gallery. The two chambers also took action by canvassing the vote totals for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor elections in November.

From Senator Lois Kolkhorst


January 16, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: CALLS FOR KYLE JANEK'S RESIGNATION

Today Rep. Garnet F. Coleman (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to Sen. John Whitmire's call for the resignation of Kyle Janek.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


January 16, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: FILES "THREE STRIKES" BILL TO PROTECT SENIORS FROM NURSING HOME ABUSE

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) filed SB 304, legislation designed to raise the standards of Texas nursing homes and protect seniors from systematic abuse and neglect.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


January 16, 2015

THE TEXAS OBSERVER: IS NAMED A 2015 NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARD FINALIST

The Texas Observer is thrilled to announce that staff reporter Melissa del Bosque’s four-part series “Beyond the Border,” produced in partnership with The Guardian, is a finalist for the 2015 National Magazine Award in the Multimedia category.

From The Texas Observer


January 16, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PRESIDENT OBAMA'S AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TRAMPLES ON U.S. CONSTITUTION

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement after Texas led a 25-state coalition at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Brownsville on the states’ enforcement action against President Barack Obama’s unilateral execution action on immigration:

From Office of the Attorney General


January 15, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DREW DARBY: TEXAS HOUSE HOLDS LINE ON SPENDING

The Texas House proposed a budget Thursday that would keep spending flat over the next two years while addressing priorities such as education, transportation and border security.

From Representative Drew Darby


January 15, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: CLASS OF 2015 STAAR END-OF-COURSE EXAM PASSING RATE HITS 90 PERCENT

Following the December administration of State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course exams, 90.3 percent of students in the Class of 2015 have successfully completed all exams required for high school graduation, according to the latest figures released today by the Texas Education Agency.

From Texas Education Agency


January 15, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DWAYNE BOHAC: PRESENTS GOVERNOR PERRY WITH POEM

Today, State Representative Dwayne Bohac and his former District Director Kay Clinton presented Governor Rick Perry with a framed copy of a poem that the two wrote to honor the governor's service to the State of Texas.

From Representative Dwayne Bohac


January 15, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY'S FINAL ADDRESS TO A JOINT SESSION OF THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE

Governor Dewhurst, Speaker Straus, members of the legislature: I appreciate this one final opportunity to speak to you, in the chamber where it all began for me, 30 years ago last week.

From Office of the Governor


January 15, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: TEAM SPEARHEADING PRO-LIFE EFFORTS IN 84TH TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The Texas Right to Life Legislative Team has set roots in Austin, where they will work to at the Texas Capitol for the next five months to promote and protect Life for Texans.

From Texas Right to Life


January 15, 2015

TEXAS INAUGURAL COMMITTEE: ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH UBER

The 2015 Texas Inaugural Committee today announced a partnership with Uber Technologies, Inc. As part of the partnership, Uber will provide first time users attending the inauguration with $25 off their first ride.

From Texas Inaugural Committee


January 15, 2015

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: TEXAS HOUSE HOLDS THE LINE ON SPENDING

The Texas House proposed a budget Thursday that would keep spending flat over the next two years while addressing priorities such as education, transportation and border security.

From Speaker Joe Straus


January 15, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: PATRICK'S SHADOW GOVERNMENT GAVE HIM $2 MILLION

Most of the business executives that Lt. Governor-elect Dan Patrick appointed to serve on his citizen advisory boards have bankrolled Patrick's campaigns. Out of the 56 appointees, 43 (77 percent) contributed a total of $1,975,056 to Patrick's campaign from September 2005 to the eve of the 2014 election.

From Texans for Public Justice


January 15, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF DAIRYMEN: UNVEILS REDESIGNED WEBSITE, LOGO

The Texas Association of Dairymen (TAD) has launched a new website and logo, as well as expanded its social media presence to Twitter.

From Texas Association of Dairymen


January 15, 2015

SENATOR KEL SELIGER: FILES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE PUBLIC EDUCATION

Today, State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) filed two bills to improve public education and standardized testing in Texas.

From Senator Kel Seliger


January 15, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: STATEMENT ON RICK PERRY'S DEPARTURE AS TEXAS GOVERNOR

Rick Perry spent 14 years as Texas Governor and never invested a day or a dollar in the future of Texas. He used the great resources of our state and the hard work of Texans to benefit himself and his political supporters.

From Lone Star Project


January 15, 2015

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GUN RIGHTS: CHAMPIONS CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY IN TEXAS

The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) is excited to be working with Senator Don Huffines and Rep. Jonathan Stickland to pass Constitutional Carry legislation in Texas.

From National Association for Gun Rights


January 15, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MORGAN MEYER: TAKES OATH OF OFFICE AS STATE REPRESENTATIVE

On Tuesday, January 13, Morgan Meyer, (R – Dallas) took the oath of office for his first term as the State Representative from House District 108.

From Representative Morgan Meyer


January 15, 2015

TDP: THE REAL LEGACY OF RICK PERRY

Today Rick Perry is addressing the Texas Legislature for the last time as Governor. But while Perry will attempt to rattle off accomplishments from his tenure as Governor, what most Texans won’t hear is the real legacy Perry is leaving behind, and what will ultimately define him as Governor of Texas.

From Texas Democratic Party


January 15, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON AND REPRESENTATIVE TRENT ASHBY: FILE "RIGHT TO HUNT & FISH" CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

Texas State Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) and State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) have filed the “Right to Hunt & Fish” constitutional amendment in preparation of the 84th Legislative Session.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


January 15, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: RESPONDS TO INDIGENT DEFENSE CASELOADS STUDY

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) issued this statement following the release of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission's caseload study.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


January 15, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: WHAT PERRY SHOULD SAY

If Rick Perry’s communications team and policy advisors actually provided him with honest and responsible guidance in anticipation of his farewell address, their memo to him should be something along these lines:

From Lone Star Project


January 15, 2015

JONATHAN STICKLAND CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON HR 4

“Yesterday House Resolution 4 was filed at 8:51am regarding proposed house rule changes for the 84th legislature. We cannot find any example in Texas history where a legislature has been expected to vote on adopting the house rules with such short notice.

From Jonathan Stickland Campaign


January 15, 2015

TDP: CONGRESSMAN HURD VOTES AGAINST HIS CONSTITUENTS

Today, Congressman Will Hurd, along a majority of House Republicans, voted to overturn President Obama's’ immigration policies, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), which gives 2 year deportation relief and temporary work permits for those who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines.

From Texas Democratic Party


January 15, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN WRAY: SWORN IN AS STATE REPRESENTATIVE HOUSE DISTRICT 10

Tuesday, January 13, John Wray took the oath of office and was sworn in as the Texas State Representative of House District 10 for the 84th Texas Legislature.

From Representative John Wray


January 15, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RUTH JONES MCCLENDON: ANNOUNCES 2015 UTSA LEGISLATIVE SCHOLARS

State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon announces the selection of six students to serve as capitol interns in the 2015 UTSA Legislative Scholars Program, popularly known as the McClendon Legislative Scholars Program.

From Representative Ruth Jones McClendon


January 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TAN PARKER: ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS

One day after being sworn in for his fifth term in the Texas House of Representatives, Representative Tan Parker was elected by his Republican colleagues to serve as the Chairman of the House Republican Caucus for the two-year duration of the 84th Legislature.

From Representative Tan Parker


January 14, 2015

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: HOUSE RELEASES ADDITIONAL INTERIM REPORTS

The Texas House released interim reports from an additional nine standing and select committees Wednesday. The reports represent committees’ work on a broad range of issues over the last year and will provide guidance for House Members in the new legislative session.

From Speaker Joe Straus


January 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE SERGIO MUNOZ, JR.: TAKES OATH OF OFFICE FOR THIRD TERM IN LEGISLATURE

State Representative Sergio Muñoz, Jr. took the oath of office Tuesday at noon for his third term in the Texas House of Representatives. Family, friends, and constituents of District 36 traveled to the Texas Capitol to join Representative Muñoz and his colleagues for the first day of the 84th Legislative Session.

From Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.


January 14, 2015

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: OIL AND NATURAL GAS INNOVATIONS ARE WORKING TO REDUCE METHANE EMISSIONS, WITHOUT ADDITIONAL REGULATION

Innovations by the oil and natural gas industry have resulted in a dramatic reduction in methane emissions, all without additional regulation.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


January 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: 11 TERMS AND 22 YEARS

State Representative Helen Giddings (D-Dallas) began her eleventh term , on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, as Texas House Representative of District 109. Giddings was sworn in at noon, at the Texas State Capitol, in Austin, along with 149 of her colleagues.

From Representative Helen Giddings


January 14, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: APPLAUDS HOUSE GOP FOR PASSING BILL TO STOP ILLEGAL AMNESTY

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act: “Today, the House of Representatives passed serious legislation that fully funds the U.S. Department of Homeland Security but denies President Obama any federal funds to carry out his illegal executive amnesty.

From Senator Ted Cruz


January 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ANDREW MURR: SWORN IN AS NEW STATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR DISTRICT 53

Yesterday, Republican Andrew Murr joined the 21 other newly elected members of the Texas House and was sworn into office on the first day of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature. Surrounded by friends, family and supporters, Murr presented his broad policy goals for the year.

From Representative Andrew Murr


January 14, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: FILES LEGISLATION TO REFORM WINDSTORM INSURANCE

This morning, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa filed SB 302 -- windstorm insurance reform legislation. Senator Hinojosa has been working many months with community and business leaders from the 14 coastal counties, as well as with his legislative colleagues to develop the framework for this legislation.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


January 14, 2015

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: VOLUNTEERS GET RE-DEPUTIZED TO REGISTER VOTERS IN BEXAR COUNTY

More than 60 volunteers packed the room last night for Bexar County’s first Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR) training of 2015 -- a mandatory training and county-by-county certification process volunteers must complete before registering voters in Texas.

From Battleground Texas


January 14, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: FOCUS NASA ON ITS CORE MISSION: EXPLORING SPACE, AND MORE OF IT

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in anticipation of his recently-announced chairmanship of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Competitiveness, today released the following statement:

From Senator Ted Cruz


January 14, 2015

CLEAN UP AUSTIN: GRASSROOTS LEADERS LAUNCH "CLEAN UP AUSTIN" GOOD GOVERNMENT PLAN FOR 2015 SESSION

Leading grassroots activists from around Texas announced today that they are launching the five-point Clean Up Austin Legislative Action Plan for the 2015 state legislative session, with the goal of highlighting specific legislative solutions to eliminate special favors in the tax code, in government spending, and in the hallways of power.

From Clean Up Austin


January 14, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION HOLDS FINAL MEETING OF CYCLE

The Sunset Advisory Commission, chaired by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today completed its final meeting of this cycle, approving reforms to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC); the Texas Workforce Investment Council; the State Office of Administrative Hearings; and the Texas Facilities Commission.

From Senator Jane Nelson


January 14, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: SWORN-IN AS STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 8

This afternoon conservative small businessman Van Taylor was sworn-in as the next State Senator for District 8, which encompasses most of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County.

From Senator Van Taylor


January 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE WILL HURD: WE CAN FIND A LONG-TERM IMMIGRATION SOLUTION THAT PROTECTS AMERICAN WORKERS, FOSTERS ECONOMIC GROWTH

Working to fulfill his promise to find solutions that will secure our border and enforce our laws, Republican Representative Will Hurd of Texas intends to vote to pass the House appropriations bill that will fund the Department of Homeland Security and stop the President's executive overreach on immigration policy.

From Representative Will Hurd


January 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RAMON ROMERO: STATEMENT ON THE OPENING DAY OF THE 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Representative Ramon Romero (D-Fort Worth) released the following statement regarding his swearing in and the beginning of the 84th Legislative Session: “It is time that District 90 is truly represented in the Texas House, and I am honored to be the person chosen for that privilege.

From Representative Ramon Romero


January 14, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS TO APPOINT BOARD OF MANAGERS FOR PRIME PREP ACADEMY

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has informed leadership at Prime Prep Academy of his decision to appoint a board of managers. The appointed board of managers will be responsible for overseeing the management of Prime Prep Academy, a charter held by Uplift Fort Worth.

From Texas Education Agency


January 13, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS MOURN THE PASSING OF LINDA BRIDGES, PRESIDENT OF THE TEXAS AFT

Today, Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement on the sudden passing of Texas AFT President Linda Bridges: “Today, the labor movement in Texas lost an incredible leader.

From Texas Democratic Party


January 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOSE RODRIGUEZ: 84TH TEXAS LEGISLATURE CONVENES

The 84th Legislature convened today, and José Rodríguez began his third regular session as State Senator for Texas Senate District 29. Rodríguez issued the following statement:

From Representative Jose Rodriguez


January 13, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: IS FIRED UP AND READY TO GO FOR 84TH SESSION

Today is the first day of the 84th Texas Legislature. Senator Sylvia Garcia will represent District 6 for her first full legislative session in the Texas Senate after being elected in a special election during the 83rd Legislature.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


January 13, 2015

TEXAS FARM BUREAU: DELEGATES SHAPE NATIONAL BEEF CHECKOFF POLICY

Texas delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation policy session led an effort to firmly establish that cattle producers should drive decisions on the future of the beef checkoff and its marketing and research programs.

From Texas Farm Bureau


January 13, 2015

TEXAS PIPELINE ASSOCIATION: RICHARD ERSKINE ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE TEXAS PIPELINE ASSOCIATION

Richard Erskine, president of Atmos Pipeline – Texas, has been elected chairman of the Texas Pipeline Association, the largest state trade association in the country, which solely represents the interests of the intrastate pipeline network.

From Texas Pipeline Association


January 13, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: FILES PRO-GROWTH, PRO-JOBS KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE AMENDMENTS

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced three pro-growth, pro-jobs amendments to S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, of which Sen. Cruz is a cosponsor.

From Senator Ted Cruz


January 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE R.D. "BOBBY" GUERRA: SWORN INTO OFFICE

State Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra (D-McAllen) was sworn in at noon today for his second term as the Texas House of Representatives convened its 84th Legislative Session.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra


January 13, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE AS THE 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS

Today Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was sworn in as President Pro Tempore as the 84th Legislative Session officially began.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


January 13, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT, PATRICK INAUGURATION, AND 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION

"The inauguration of Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and the opening of the 84th Legislature is hard confirmation of the destructive, Washington-style political culture Rick Perry and one-party Republican control has brought to Texas.

From Lone Star Project


January 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ED THOMPSON: TAKES OATH OF OFFICE FOR 84TH TEXAS LEGISLATURE

Today Representative Ed Thompson took the oath of office to serve his second term as State Representative for House District 29. Joined by his loving family, Rep. Thompson was sworn in for the 84th Legislature alongside fellow members of the Texas House of Representatives.

From Representative Ed Thompson


January 13, 2015

TEXAS AFL-CIO: STATEMENT ON DEATH OF LINDA BRIDGES

Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller today issued this statement on the death of Texas AFT President Linda Bridges, her close friend of more than 40 years:

From Texas AFL-CIO


January 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN: ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBER OF HIS LEGISLATIVE TEAM

Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) is pleased to announce the selection of Jeannie Ash for position of Assistant District Director. She will be based in the Greenville District Office and will be responsible for a wide range of constituent and administrative issues.

From Representative Dan Flynn


January 13, 2015

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: URGES LEGISLATORS TO MAKE ELDERCARE A PRIORITY AS 2015 TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS

The Texas Health Care Association (THCA) today urged lawmakers to carefully consider the needs of the state’s most vulnerable elderly as the state comptroller announced a budget surplus and legislators convene for Texas’ 2015 state legislative session.

From Texas Health Care Association


January 13, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: IT'S PAST TIME TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL'S HISTORIC CAPITAL BOTH IN WORD AND DEED

Today, U.S. Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement conveying his strong support for relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He is an original cosponsor of S. 117, the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2015:

From Senator Ted Cruz


January 13, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: BILLBOARD FOCUSES ON TRANSPORTATION

The Texas Association of Business(TAB) has posted a billboard for the day message on Interstate 35 in Austin, asking that lawmakers fully fund transportation projects this session.

From Texas Association of Business


January 13, 2015

DEEP EAST TEXAS COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS: DEEP EAST TEXAS RECEPTION HELPS KICK OFF LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Over three hundred people packed the atrium of the Omni Downtown Hotel in Austin Monday night for the Deep East Texas Reception. The event, honoring State Officials and Legislators representing the Deep East Texas region, was held the night before the convening of the 84rd Session of the Texas Legislature.

From Deep East Texas COG


January 13, 2015

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: BURTON MAKES A BOLD STATEMENT ON THE FIRST DAY OF SESSION

Konni Burton, got off to a bold start sporting a new pair of boots on the first day of session with the words “Stand for Life” etched into the leather.

From Konni Burton Campaign


January 13, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS MATTAX AS COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed David Mattax of Austin as Commissioner of Insurance for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The commissioner oversees the Texas Department of Insurance, which regulates the insurance industry and provides information and assistance to insurance consumers.

From Office of the Governor


January 12, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: REACTS TO COMPTROLLER'S REVENUE ESTIMATE

The Texas Association of Business (TAB) supports using money from the strong revenue estimate to invest in our future and cut taxes.

From Texas Association of Business


January 12, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON BUDGET ESTIMATE

State Sen. José Rodríguez issued the following statement on the comptroller’s budget estimate released today.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


January 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS NEELEY AS JUSTICE OF 12TH COURT OF APPEALS

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Greg Neeley of Longview as justice of the 12th Court of Appeals for a term to expire at the 2016 general election.

From Office of the Governor


January 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOSE MENENDEZ: RESPONDS TO REVENUE ESTIMATE

Today, Comptroller Hegar announced the state will have a $7.5 billion surplus to spend on the upcoming budget cycle. State Representative José Menéndez applauds the estimate and calls on state budget writers to use this surplus as an investment for our state's future.

From Representative Jose Menendez


January 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: OPENING OF THE 84TH LEGISLATURE

This month marks the beginning of the 84th Texas Legislative Session. Every odd-numbered year, your Texas House of Representatives and Texas State Senate meet for 140 days to govern the state. Unlike the US Congress in Washington, Texas does not meet every year.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


January 12, 2015

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: VOLUNTEERS GET RE-DEPUTIZED TO REGISTER VOTERS IN HARRIS COUNTY

Battleground Texas volunteers filled the room this weekend at Harris County’s first Voter Deputy Registrar (VDR) training of 2015 -- a mandatory training and county-by-county certification process volunteers must complete before registering voters in Texas.

From Battleground Texas


January 9, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARY GONZALEZ: USING COMMUNITY-BASED INPUT TO REFINE EDUCATION

From a call to ease testing requirements for medically fragile children to increasing the number of counselors in schools to assessing training requirements for school board members, Rep. Mary E. González' education bills reflect a community-based strategy that draws on experienced educators, in-depth analyses by graduate students, and her own research as a PhD candidate.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez


January 9, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON ARGUMENTS DEFENDING MARRIAGE BEFORE THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement regarding the State’s oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit defending the institution of marriage.

From Office of the Attorney General


January 9, 2015

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM: TEXAS COMPTROLLER HEGAR PRAISES TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE SERVICE TO STATE

New Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar told more than 600 people at the Texas A&M AgriLife conference this week that their example of honesty, character and integrity is what makes state legislators willing to listen to requests aimed at helping people across the state.

From Texas A&M University System


January 9, 2015

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: HOUSE TO PUSH GREATER OVERSIGHT OF STATE CONTRACTS

The Texas House will soon release a budget proposal that significantly strengthens oversight of state agency contracts, Speaker Joe Straus announced Friday.

From Speaker Joe Straus


January 9, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN RATCLIFFE: COSPONSORS AND VOTES TO APPROVE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

In a major effort to pass legislation that would benefit the Fourth District of Texas, Congressman John Ratcliffe’s first order of business was to be an original cosponsor of legislation to approve and build the Keystone XL Pipeline.

From Representative John Ratcliffe


January 9, 2015

TEXANS CARE FOR CHILDREN: HOUSE COMMITTEE CALLS FOR PAUSE IN FOSTER CARE REDESIGN

A new report from the Texas House Human Services Committee recommends a pause in the state’s troubled Foster Care Redesign program.

From Texans Care for Children


January 9, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: IN AUSTIN, NEW DEFINITELY NOT BETTER

Yesterday we featured incoming Republican State Senators whose election causes real concern for the well-being of Texas families. However, they aren't the only new additions to the Texas Capitol who will likely make things worse instead of better.

From Lone Star Project


January 9, 2015

21CT: ADDS ADDITIONAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS EXPERTISE TO TEAM

Data analytics company 21CT has announced the addition of veteran congressional advisor and journalist Mike Rosen as Director of Government Affairs.

From 21CT


January 9, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: ANNOUNCES 84TH LEGISLATIVE STAFF

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) announced his staff hires for the upcoming 84th Texas Legislative Session, which convenes January 13, 2015. “As we prepare for the upcoming legislative session, I am honored to welcome our new and veteran staff members,” Senator Creighton stated.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


January 9, 2015

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: BILLS OFFER PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION, FAIRNESS

Homeowners are frustrated by rising property taxes and a sense that they're not getting the same deal as some deep-pocketed commercial property owners. Sen. Kirk Watson has filed a collection of bills that could reduce homeowners' frustration along with their property taxes.

From Senator Kirk Watson


January 9, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS KNIGHT AS DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF LEON COUNTY

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Hope Knight of Centerville as district attorney of Leon County for a term to expire at the 2016 general election. Knight is an attorney in private practice, past partner of Voyles and Knight in Huntsville, and past attorney for Chargois and Herron in The Woodlands.

From Office of the Governor


January 9, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: SUPPORTS MARRIAGE EQUALITY AS 5TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS MAKES FINAL RULING

In reaction to today's hearing about the Texas same-sex marriage ban by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas state Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


January 9, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ROLAND GUTIERREZ: SUPPORTS SPEAKER JOE STRAUS

From Representative Roland Gutierrez


January 9, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: STATEMENT BY CRAIG MCDONALD ON LT. GOVERNOR-ELECT PATRICK'S ANNOUNCEMENT TO DENY FUTURE FUNDING FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY UNIT

Lt. Governor-elect Dan Patrick’s announcement to deny future funding to the Public Integrity Unit makes it clear his priority is to protect fellow politicians from prosecution for corruption.

From Texans for Public Justice


January 9, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL WORKMAN: ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO CREATE THE TEXAS BORDER PATROL

Speaking at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's 13th annual Policy Orientation, State Representative Paul Workman today announced his plan to file legislation that would create the Texas Border Patrol.

From Representative Paul Workman


January 8, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: SCHOOL CHOICE IS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE OF THE 21ST CENTURY

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding his support for a resolution from U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) designating the week of January 25 through January 31, 2015 as “National School Choice Week:”

From Senator Ted Cruz


January 8, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL WORKMAN: CALLS FOR ARTICLE V CONVENTION OF STATES TO PROPOSE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

Speaking at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's 13th annual Policy Orientation, State Representative Paul Workman lent his support to calling for an Article V Convention of States for the purpose of adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

From Representative Paul Workman


January 8, 2015

TEXPAC: ENDORSES JUDGE CAROLYN BILSKI FOR TEXAS HOUSE

TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), has announced its endorsement of Judge Carolyn Bilski for Texas House District 13. Judge Bilski concludes her fifth term as Austin County judge this month.

From TEXPAC


January 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS BURNETT AS JUDGE OF 50TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Bobby Burnett of Munday as judge of the 50th Judicial District Court in Baylor, Cottle, King and Knox counties for a term to expire at the 2016 general election.

From Office of the Governor


January 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS MILLER AS JUDGE OF 5TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Bill Miller of Texarkana as judge of the 5th Judicial District Court in Bowie and Cass counties for a term to expire at the 2016 general election.

From Office of the Governor


January 8, 2015

MCGUIREWOODS CONSULTING: MINER, DESHIELDS NAMED CO-DIRECTORS OF MCGUIREWOODS CONSULTING'S AUSTIN OFFICE

McGuireWoods Consulting announced today that Mark Miner and Holly Deshields will lead the firm’s Austin office as co-directors. The firm also announced the hiring of Amber Hausenfluck as an assistant vice president and Ellen Joyce as a research assistant.

From McGuireWoods Consulting


January 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS PULLIAM AS JUSTICE OF THE 4TH COURT OF APPEALS

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Jason Pulliam of San Antonio as justice of the 4th Court of Appeals for a term to expire at the 2016 general election. Pulliam will be the first African American justice to serve on the court.

From Office of the Governor


January 8, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: NAMES NEW OIL AND GAS DIVISION DIRECTOR

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has named Lori Wrotenbery Director of the Commission’s Oil and Gas Division. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Texas and a law degree from Harvard University.

From Texas Railroad Commission


January 8, 2015

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: HOUSE RELEASES INITIAL ROUND OF INTERIM REPORTS

The Texas House released interim reports from 12 standing and select committees Thursday. Other reports will be released in the days and weeks to come.

From Speaker Joe Straus


January 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS PITTMAN AS JUDGE OF 352ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Mark Pittman of Fort Worth as judge of the 352nd Judicial District Court in Tarrant County for a term to expire at the 2016 general election.

From Office of the Governor


January 8, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR HB 589

The Texas Association of Business is expressing support for HB 579 filed by State Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale). The bill will clearly define what happens if someone fails a pre-employment drug test while collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

From Texas Association of Business


January 8, 2015

TEXAS BUSINESS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL: RELEASES EDUCATION POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The Texas Business Leadership Council (TBLC) today released their 2015 Education Policy Recommendations outlining legislative priorities for the 84th legislative session.

From Texas Business Leadership Council


January 8, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ERIC JOHNSON: FILES BILL TO END LGBT JOB DISCRIMINATION

Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) today filed HB 627 that would protect workers from being fired or otherwise discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender expression.

From Representative Eric Johnson


January 8, 2015

TRAVIS COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR AND VOTER REGISTRAR: VOTING RIGHTS EVENT KICKS OFF 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT

Travis County’s voter registration volunteers will kick off the 50th anniversary year of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark legislation championed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to end racial discrimination at the polls, at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, 2313 Red River St.

From Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar


January 8, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: TEXAS MARRIAGE SHOWDOWN: FEDERAL COURT HEARING THIS FRIDAY FOR TEXAS, OTHERS

This Friday, January 9, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will hear oral arguments related to efforts to redefine marriage laws from three states: Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

From Texas Values


January 7, 2015

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: SID MILLER TAKES OATH OF OFFICE AS TEXAS COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

Sid Miller today took the oath of office as Texas’ 12th Commissioner of Agriculture before hundreds of his fellow Texans at the State Capitol in Austin. Gov. Rick Perry, who held the top job at the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) from 1991 until 1999, administered the oath during a formal ceremony.

From Texas Department of Agriculture


January 7, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON HB 2 ARGUMENTS BEFORE THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement regarding the State’s oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in support of House Bill 2. “Texas lawmakers passed House Bill 2 to protect women’s health and the unborn.

From Office of the Attorney General


January 7, 2015

TDP: SUPPORT DIEGO BERNAL FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 123

Last night, the voters of Texas House District 123 overwhelmingly supported Democrat and former City Councilman Diego Bernal in a special election. Bernal will enter a runoff election with Republican Nunzio Previtera. Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


January 7, 2015

THE COALITION FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: PROPOSED VOUCHER SCHEME REPRESENTS MAJOR TAX-GIVEAWAY TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS

A proposed new private school voucher scheme, a so-called “taxpayer savings grant,” represents a massive tax-giveaway that would drain hundreds of millions of dollars each year from neighborhood public schools to subsidize tuition at private and religious schools, mostly benefiting wealthy families.

From The Coalition for Public Schools


January 7, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: TEXAS HEALTH COMMISSIONER TAPPED FOR JOINT APPOINTMENT WITH UT SYSTEM AND UT HEALTH NORTHEAST

Nationally-renowned physician David Lakey, M.D., will step down as commissioner for the Texas Department of State Health Services to join UT Health Northeast in Tyler and The University of Texas System, both institutions announced Wednesday.

From The University of Texas System


January 7, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS SCHENCK AS JUSTICE OF THE 5TH COURT OF APPEALS

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed David Schenck of Dallas as justice of the 5th Court of Appeals for a term to expire at the 2016 general election. Schenck is an attorney, Litigation Department member and national chair of the Specialized Litigation and Advanced Motion Practice Team at Dykema Gossett PLLC in Dallas.

From Office of the Governor


January 7, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS HAERTLING AS JUDGE OF 442ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Tiffany Haertling of Denton as judge of the 442nd Judicial District Court in Denton County for a term to expire at the 2016 general election. Haertling is an attorney and partner at Holmes, Diggs and Eames in Denton.

From Office of the Governor


January 7, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS BOURLAND AS JUSTICE OF THE 3RD COURT OF APPEALS

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Cindy Bourland of Round Rock as justice of the 3rd Court of Appeals for a term to expire at the 2016 general election. Bourland is an attorney and president of Bourland Law Firm PC. She is a past partner at Merica and Bourland PC and Hance Scarborough LLP in Austin.

From Office of the Governor


January 7, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: SBEC TO BEGIN INTERNET LIVE-STREAMING OF MEETINGS IN 2015

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) will begin live-streaming its proceedings beginning with a scheduled special meeting and work session on Jan. 9, 2015. The live-stream will mark the first time that SBEC meetings – open to the public, but traditionally held in Austin – will be available for viewing via the Internet.

From Texas Education Agency


January 7, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS SUDDERTH AS JUSTICE OF 2ND COURT OF APPEALS

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Bonnie Sudderth of Fort Worth as justice of the 2nd Court of Appeals for a term to expire at the 2016 general election. Sudderth is judge of the 352nd Judicial District Court in Tarrant County, an adjunct professor at the Texas A&M University School of Law, and past chief judge of the Fort Worth Municipal Court.

From Office of the Governor


January 7, 2015

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: MCRAVEN USHERS IN NEW ERA OF LEADERSHIP MARKED BY EXCELLENCE, GOOD GOVERNANCE

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement welcoming the new chancellor of The University of Texas System, Admiral Bill McRaven, and praising his vision for the future: “This week marks a new and exciting era for The University of Texas System, highlighted by the statesmanlike and visionary leadership of Chancellor Bill McRaven.

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


January 7, 2015

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: CALLS ON AISD TO CONDUCT SELF-ASSESSMENT ON SCHOOL EQUITY

The Texas Civil Rights Project forwarded a “Dear Colleague” letter from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education to the newly-installed AISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Paul Cruz, and called on the District to implement a self-assessment on equitable access to education resources as recommended by OCR. Otherwise, TCRP will pursue the matter with OCR.

From Texas Civil Rights Project


January 7, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: TEXAS HOUSE BILL 2 RETURNS TO COURT

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will hear oral arguments in the Center for Reproductive Rights’ case against a dangerous Texas law, which forced more than a dozen health centers to stop providing safe, legal abortion overnight when it was allowed to briefly go into effect on October 2, 2014.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


January 7, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: TO PARTICIPATE ON JUVENILE JUSTICE PANEL AT TPPS'S POLICY ORIENTATION

State Sen. José Rodríguez will speak as a panelist at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) Policy Orientation on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The panel will discuss the juvenile justice system and potential legislation during the 84th Legislative Session.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


January 7, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: AT FIFTH CIRCUIT HEARING, GROUPS UNITE IN FIGHT AGAINST HB 2

In anticipation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s hearing on Whole Woman’s Health v Lakey, the second legal challenge to Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, House Bill 2 (HB 2), seven groups—ACLU of Texas, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, Texas Freedom Network, Texas Research Institute, and Whole Woman’s Health—have joined together in opposition to HB 2, uniting in the fight to protect access to safe and legal abortion care in Texas.

From Texas Freedom Network


January 7, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SEEKS STRONGER CONTRACT MANAGEMENT PROVISIONS

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has announced her intention to add stronger provisions against conflicts of interest in contracting management to the Sunset bill for the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), following recent allegations of contract abuse at the agency.

From Senator Jane Nelson


January 7, 2015

NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS: TEXAS LOSES IN MEDICAID EXPANSION PLAN

Expanding Medicaid eligibility and conforming to one-size-fits-all reforms would come back to bite Texas taxpayers in their wallets, warns National Center for Policy Analysis Senior Fellow Devon Herrick in a new report.

From National Center for Policy Analysis


January 7, 2015

LEIGHTON SCHUBERT CAMPAIGN: SCHUBERT OUTRAISES ALL OPPONENTS IN TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 13 RACE

In the race to fill the vacant State Representative seat for District 13, first-time candidate Leighton Schubert (R-Caldwell) raised more political contributions than all of his opponents combined. According to the campaign finance reports filed January 5, 2014, Schubert leads the way with total contributions of $47,450.00.

From Leighton Schubert Campaign


January 7, 2015

TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER CAMPAIGN: FISCHER: ON TO THE NEXT ROUND

Following a shortened but no less intense campaign cycle, state Representative Trey Martinez Fischer Tuesday prepared to immediately shift into the next phase in his drive to become San Antonio’s next state senator. “I am at a very nice place, in first place and 20 points up, that’s not too bad,” he told a cheering crowd of supporters Tuesday night as results of the special election for state Senate Dist. 26 were released.

From Trey Martinez Fischer Campaign


January 7, 2015

TEXAS WINDSTORM INSURANCE ASSOCIATION: RELEASES ITS BIENNIAL REPORT TO LEGISLATURE HIGHLIGHTING THE ASSOCIATION'S ACHIEVEMENTS SINCE 2011

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) submitted its biennial report last week to the 84th Texas Legislature. The report includes recommendations for legislative changes and highlights the Association’s major achievements since 2011 when the Association came under fire for operational issues stemming from Hurricanes Dolly and Ike in 2008.

From Texas Windstorm Insurance Association


January 6, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: FILES TAXPAYERS SAVINGS GRANT BILL

Following through on her pledge to make education reform a top priority, today State Senator Donna Campbell filed SB 276 to provide every Texas school child with equal access to a first class education and remove barriers that prevent parents from choosing the best school for their child.

From Senator Donna Campbell


January 6, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: CRITICAL SERVICES DEPEND ON STRONG CONTRACT MANAGEMENT

Our commitment to Texas’ most vulnerable citizens is a sacred responsibility. We owe it to the millions of people who depend on health and human services — and those who support them with their hard-earned tax dollars — to ensure that our programs are run efficiently, effectively and with the highest degree of transparency.

From Senator Jane Nelson


January 6, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: NAMES ZADROZNY COUNSEL IN D.C. OFFICE

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced John Zadrozny as counsel in his Washington D.C. office. Prior to joining Sen. Cruz’s office this week, Zadrozny served nearly two years as investigative counsel for Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

From Senator Ted Cruz


January 6, 2015

DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION RESOURCES: STATE OF TEXAS CIO RETIRES

On December 31, 2014, Karen Robinson, State of Texas Chief Information Officer (CIO) and executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), officially retired. DIR, the state’s information technology agency, manages shared technology services and voice and data communications initiatives for government entities.

From Department of Information Resources


January 6, 2015

TEXAS PARENT PAC: ENDORSES REPUBLICAN CAROLYN BILSKI FOR ELECTION TO TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 13

Today Texas Parent PAC announced its endorsement of Carolyn Bilski of Sealy for election as state representative in the January 13 special election for Texas House District 13. This is an open seat to replace Lois Kolkhorst, who was recently elected as a state senator.

From Texas Parent PAC


January 6, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES PERRY: FILES BILL TO PRESERVE 'RAINY DAY FUND'

Today, Senator Charles Perry filed SJR 19 requiring that a minimum balance equal to 5% of general revenue must remain in the Economic Stabilization Fund more commonly known as the ‘Rainy Day Fund’ (RDF) at all times.

From Senator Charles Perry


January 6, 2015

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: VOLUNTEERS GET RE-DEPUTIZED TO REGISTER VOTERS IN DALLAS COUNTY

Battleground Texas volunteers filled the room this weekend at Dallas County’s first Voter Deputy Registrar (VDR) training of 2015 -- a mandatory training and county-by-county certification process volunteers must complete before registering voters in Texas.

From Battleground Texas


January 6, 2015

INSURANCE COUNCIL OF TEXAS: PRODUCES STUDENT RECRUITMENT VIDEO

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) has produced a six-minute video highlighting the variety of job opportunities available in the insurance industry for recent college graduates and current undergrads.

From Insurance Council of Texas


January 6, 2015

THE COALITION FOR EQUAL AND UNIFORM TAXATION: TAX REFORM GROUPS HIDE THEIR REAL AGENDA HOMEOWNERS BEWARE

There is nothing more enticing to a homeowner than the claim that tax reform will make businesses pay more taxes so they pay less. Trouble is the claim is based on faulty accounting and inaccurate information. Garbage in = garbage out.

From The Coalition for Equal and Uniform Taxation


January 6, 2015

TEXAS BUSINESS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL: T3 FOUNDER & CEO GAY GADDIS NAMED CHAIRMAN OF THE TEXAS BUSINESS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

The Texas Business Leadership Council (TBLC) today announced Gay Gaddis as the incoming Chairman for the organization. Gaddis, CEO and Founder of T3 – the largest woman-owned independent advertising agency in the country – will lead TBLC’s efforts from Austin.

From Texas Business Leadership Council


January 5, 2015

GEORGE P. BUSH CAMPAIGN: BUSH ANNOUNCES ASH WRIGHT AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS FOR OUTREACH FOR TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush today announced Ash Wright will serve as the Deputy Director of Government Relations for Outreach for the Texas General Land Office.

From George P. Bush Campaign


January 5, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE IMPACT OF SCHOOL CHOICE ON TEXAS' ECONOMY

The Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Texas Association of Business will hold a press conference with world-renown economist Dr. Art Laffer to discuss the findings of Dr. Laffer's new study on economic impact of school choice in Texas.

From Texas Association of Business


January 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: KEN PAXTON SWORN IN AS TEXAS' 51ST ATTORNEY GENERAL

Attorney General Ken Paxton today took the oath of office, becoming Texas’s 51st Attorney General. Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Gov.-Elect Greg Abbott, Senator and Lt. Gov.-Elect Dan Patrick and Justice Don Willett took part in the ceremony.

From Office of the Attorney General


January 5, 2015

GEORGE P. BUSH CAMPAIGN: BUSH ANNOUNCES INTERACTIVE INTERNET AND RADIO PIONEER, BRYAN PRESTON, AS DIGITAL MEDIA DIRECTOR FOR TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE

Texas Land Commissioner-elect George P. Bush today announced Bryan Preston will serve as the Digital Media Director for the Texas General Land Office. Preston’s varied professional experience includes radio news production, the U.S. Armed Forces and blogging for major news commentary websites.

From George P. Bush Campaign


January 5, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER RYAN SITTON SWORN-IN

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton was sworn-in today as the 49th Commissioner of the state’s oldest regulatory agency—the Railroad Commission of Texas. Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett administered the oath of office to Commissioner Sitton, who was joined by his wife, Jennifer and their three children.

From Texas Railroad Commission


January 5, 2015

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: TEXAS HOUSE TO BUILD ON HB5 EDUCATION REFORMS

The Texas House will continue to strengthen college and career readiness in the upcoming legislative session by providing additional training for high school guidance counselors, Speaker Joe Straus said Monday.

From Speaker Joe Straus


January 5, 2015

TEXAS LEGAL: BOARD SELECTS JANNA CLARKE AS CHAIR AND JOHN HATCHEL AS CHAIR-ELECT

Janna Clarke of Fort Worth has been elected as chair of Texas Legal, the statewide nonprofit legal insurance plan. John Hatchel of Woodway has been elected as chair-elect. The immediate past chair is Steve Benesh of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Austin.

From Texas Legal


January 5, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: CITIZENS CAN SEEK APPOINTMENTS

We are very near the opening of the 84th Texas Legislative Session, which begins on Tuesday, January 13th. In just a few short days the halls of the Capitol will be full of legislators, staff, lobbyists and citizens working to make Texas an even better place to live.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


January 5, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARY GONZALEZ: LAYING GROUNDWORK FOR 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Representative Mary E. González will be hosting two events in preparation for the upcoming legislative session: an Elected Leaders Dinner on January 5th and a Town Hall Forum on January 6th.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez


January 5, 2015

TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER CAMPAIGN: REP. MENENDEZ : STOP MISLEADING THE VOTERS

This week, Representative Jose Menendez amended his Texas Ethics Commission contribution and expenditure report adding $5,000 in direct donations either from Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) or TLR-associated groups.

From Trey Martinez Fischer Campaign


January 2, 2015

TEXAS PARENT PAC: ENDORSES DEMOCRAT DIEGO BERNAL FOR ELECTION TO TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 123

Today Texas Parent PAC announced its endorsement of attorney Diego Bernal of San Antonio for election as state representative in the January 6 special election for Texas House District 123. This is an open seat to replace Representative Mike Villarreal, who is resigning.

From Texas Parent PAC


January 2, 2015

JOHN RATCLIFFE CAMPAIGN: CONGRESSMAN-ELECT RATCLIFFE HIRES SHAYNE MARTIN AS COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Congressman-elect John Ratcliffe has selected Shayne L. Martin to be his Washington based Communications Director. Martin will manage Ratcliffe’s press and communications outreach and serve as the official spokesman for Ratcliffe.

From John Ratcliffe Campaign


January 2, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: 2014 HIGHLIGHTS

The Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oldest regulatory agency, will begin the New Year following a successful and productive 2014. Highlights include strengthened regulations, special initiatives and aggressive well inspection, well plugging and site remediation efforts statewide.

From Texas Railroad Commission


January 2, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS RING IN THE NEW YEAR

In celebration of the New Year, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement: “Texas Democrats have long believed that our best days are still to come. With a brand new year ahead of us, we have high hopes for all we will accomplish this year.

From Texas Democratic Party


January 2, 2015

TEXAS PARENT PAC: ENDORSES REPUBLICAN JOHN CYRIER FOR ELECTION TO TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 17

Today Texas Parent PAC announced its endorsement of John Cyrier of Lockhart for election as state representative in the January 6 special election for Texas House District 17. The district encompasses five counties in central Texas: Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Karnes, and Lee Counties.

From Texas Parent PAC


December 30, 2014

TRAVIS COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR AND VOTER REGISTRAR: VOTER ROLL MAINTENANCE COMPLETED

Today, the office of the Travis County Voter Registrar will cancel 35,796 voter records from the active voter roll of Travis County in accordance with state and federal laws.

From Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar


December 30, 2014

RYAN SITTON CAMPAIGN: COMMISSIONER-ELECT RYAN SITTON PREPARES TO TAKE OFFICE

Today Ryan Sitton announced steps he is taking in preparation to take office as Railroad Commissioner in January 2015. Those steps include stepping down as CEO and President of his company (PinnacleAIS, LLC) and placing the company in a blind trust.

From Ryan Sitton Campaign


December 30, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: TEXAS ADOPTS CROWDFUNDING RULES

A new rule by the Texas State Securities Board opens up a new kind of crowdfunding for Texans. In case you aren't familiar, crowdfunding is a way to raise money online, and is often used by charities to raise money and small or new businesses that have trouble getting money from traditional banks and lenders.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


December 29, 2014

CONSERVATIVE VOTERS OF TEXAS: CVT-PAC WARNS HD 13 VOTERS ABOUT BECKY BERGER

Conservative Voters of Texas PAC (CVT-PAC) today issued a warning to voters in Texas House District 13 about Becky Berger, a candidate in the upcoming special election to replace Lois Kolkhorst in the Texas House of Representatives.

From Conservative Voters of Texas PAC


December 29, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS

In celebration of Christmas Day, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement: “Today, families across the world are celebrating the birth of Christ by spreading his message of joy and love to their friends and neighbors.

From Texas Democratic Party


December 29, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: STATEMENT FROM BATTLEGROUND TEXAS ON EXPIRATION OF VOTER REGISTRATION CERTIFICATION ACROSS TEXAS

At the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2014, Texans across the state who have been registering voters will lose the ability to do so -- until they go through a training and get deputized for each county in which they would like to register voters.

From Battleground Texas